How to Check a PC for a Keylogger?

By: PCCare247
August 15, 2012

A Keylogger is considered as the most malicious breed of malware around. Responsible for a majority of data theft incidents, it would be highly recommended if PC users were to take fast and effective steps to nip the malware. But then again in order to get going with such a process, PC users would be first and foremost required to urgently identify all manifestations of a keylogger residing on their PC.  And In order to do so they would be urgently required to follow a procedure comprising of steps like:

Step 1. Under this step a PC user needs to ensure an antivirus program is running. To do so Click 'Run' Type 'msconfig' and a system configuration window would be opened Click the 'Start Up' menu located on the window and disable or enable any applications residing on it.

Step 2. Disable all running programs in the startup menu by clicking on the box. Remember to disable all. Once done, go ahead and shut down all Firewall and Antivirus applications currently running on the PC.

Step 3. Next, check the 'msconfig' window again and under Startup check for programs which might have been enabled on their own. (Remember previously all the programs had been disabled). And if that being the case, it is for sure the program which has been automatically enabled is indeed the keylogger. However, before exiting the session do remember to record the name of the program and the location of the program. But on a leaving note, please remember if nothing is enabled, it means no keylogger is residing on the PC.

Step 4. Enable or Run your antivirus and fire wall program. Please, do remember to enable back all the options in the startup menu. Once the keylogger file name and the location ends up getting identified go ahead and delete the keylogger program from that particular location.

Step 5. Lastly, close all programs and restart the computer. Now, you have got freedom from all key logger programs.

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